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by Lord Jim
22 Apr 2019, 11:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

From what I can find, there are no plans to include a Recce Regiment in the Armoured Infantry Brigades. On order are 198 Recce Ajax out of a total of 245 turreted version the remainder being Joint Fires and Ground Surveillance, not quite sure what the last is though. To equip the four Regiments that...
by Lord Jim
22 Apr 2019, 10:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

TD has done some very good essays on where the Army should concentrate its resources on moving forward. He points out, as have some on here that the UK cannot afford to do both heavy and medium formations and have then both be combat effective. His suggestion is to move down the Medium route whilst ...
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 21:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They are probably gong over her with a magnifying glass to see how everything has held up after her initial operations, being the first of the class and all that. In that respect, no news is good news.
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 21:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Many nations have experimented with putting 6" tubes back on to their Warships by utilising the same guns as their land based artillery. The costs in do so have outweighed the expected benefits in every case. Remember the USNs dalliance with re introducing the 8" gun and trialling what loo...
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 21:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

pot on. The last AH9As was only upgraded in 2011. They could actually lift stuff and carry people. Simple, rugged and powerful.Wildcat is great as a naval attack heli, but goves nothing to the AAC. Which is why I was proposing a stripped out Utility variants of the Wildcat to carry our the same rol...
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 21:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Looking at the list of Helicopter required by the CSG I think there are a few options we might look at. Having nine Merlin HM2s for ASW is obvious, but I have read elsewhere that there will only be a maximum of four Merlin/Crowsnest deployed at any one time given the small number actually being modi...
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 20:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

My comment was meant somewhat sarcastically as I wouldn't put it past our Government to follow Belgium amongst others and decide that we no longer need Heavy formations and the future is that of Medium ones based around the Boxer and Ajax, the result all the Challengers are retired. So retaining two...
by Lord Jim
21 Apr 2019, 02:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

At least we are keeping some, and if these reduction lead to the remainder being properly modernised to keep them effective into the 2030s I will be happy, but that does entail a new gun. It doesn't matter how good your situational awareness and targeting capabilities are if you cannot take out the ...
by Lord Jim
19 Apr 2019, 19:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

A utility variant of the Wildcat could carry up to ten men plus three crew including a door gunner. 16 to 24 of these integral to 16 Air Assault would give them the ability to move troops around the battlefield effectively. A DAS and EO turret may slightly reduce the carrying capacity but it should ...
by Lord Jim
19 Apr 2019, 14:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

As I suggested we would probably do better to use the Wildcat as a starting point. It would probably end up a hybrid of the current two variants when we talk about the Armed Recce version, and it would use existing weapon systems like the LMM and the CVR-7 plus an off the shelf gun pod of which ther...
by Lord Jim
19 Apr 2019, 00:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

16 Air Assault needs a bigger and more balance organic air component than it currently has and one solution is Wildcat. We currently have one Regiment currently tasked as Recce. These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D Ki...
by Lord Jim
17 Apr 2019, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I assume they are talking about a Cargo Ferry or Ro-Ro rather than a vessel that has retired from the Dover to Calais run.
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2019, 14:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: ASDOT
Replies: 75
Views: 6511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: ASDOT

Maybe this is an area NATO should be looking at, expanding the school in Canada with an "Aggressor", component made up of ex military fast jets like F-16s or 18s operated by a contractor. EW could also be part of the programme. Of course NATO could also utilise US operations more, maybe by...
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2019, 14:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I cannot see the T-31e being an export success and any Yard that builds them will need to also be willing to make the investment in its design and engineering branches to enable it to compete for further orders, most probably not "Escorts". UK yards are going to find it very difficult to w...
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2019, 14:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting when he refers to the result of Tempest possibly not being a sixth generation platform. From that I get the feeling they are possibly looking beyond and really keeping all options open. This seems a very positive way to go rather than already having a set of customer requirements in plac...
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4835
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Nice tour, found it interesting to compare to the NATO E-3 I had a close look at courtesy of a family friend who was a USAF Col. seconded to the NATO AWACS programme as it was being set up and I was at AFCENT where the programme office was housed. I do remember a bigger fridge on the E-3, thought th...
by Lord Jim
16 Apr 2019, 13:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I didn't say an individual I said the British Army. I do like how the Finns have organised things, it seems they have a set organisation, and transport is used when applicable. As for the M4 CG, I see it as a supplementary weapon at Platoon or Company level, used almost as direct fire 84mm artillery...
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I am not a fan of the T-31e but as long as the chosen design is capable to doing the tasks it is intended to do and frees up the T-23 and T-26 when they arrive, to do the high end tasks I am willing to accept them. I wonder how many RN senior Officers are regretting going for the absolute Rolls Royc...
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 572
Views: 36755
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Then again they had to go to the Americans to get the programme on track as they were totally up the creek trying to bring in new design techniques when they weren't ready or had the trained personnel. It was an absolute mess until the American arrived.
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

How does CROWSNEST compare to the current version of the Hawkeye. Can the former transfer its intel via datalinks to the vessels in the Carrier Group as well as the F-35s and other aircraft?
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Will these be ready for the big far east tour?
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The French don't play nice in joint programmes unless they have the lead and the most work. They are rightly obsessed, justifiably so some might say, in retaining their nations aerospace industries outside any US influence. They have too much national pride invested and when they do have to go to th...
by Lord Jim
15 Apr 2019, 16:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

A possible precursor to changing the 5.56 for something heavier both in terms of weight and recoil? With their current 5,56 ammo, the British Army think they have sufficient range until they need to change calibre due to NATO/US adopting a new one. They believe the current 5.56 ammo is capable of d...
by Lord Jim
14 Apr 2019, 20:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 36260
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Can you remember any further details. I seem to remember that the Finns had a quite a few PKs scattered around including one on a dedicated AA mount. IF we gave the L7s back to the Sections as a starting point I would be happier. They will already be carrying two types of ammunition so that argument...
by Lord Jim
14 Apr 2019, 18:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

We need to move this train of thought in to the Escorts thread really as the FLSS is not going to be used as a ASW platform and if a variant is used as such it should be discussed there.

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